A desperate dying man injects himself with experimental nanobots that can supposedly cure anything. It works, but then his body starts to hideously mutate. He asks his brother in law who invented the nanobots for help.




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Dr. Stephen Ledbetter believes he has found the cure for everything: tiny nanobots that can cure diseases at the cellular level. He is frustrated by the limits put on his research and the fact he does not have authority to takes his tests to the next level and use it on humans. After his his future brother-in-law Andy Groenig learns that he has pelvic cancer, he breaks into Leadbetter's lab and injects himself with the serum. The effects are rapid and quite dramatic. Within three days, the cancer has been reduced by 90 percent and he no longer requires glasses. Stephen is upset when he learns what he's done but agrees to monitor his progress. As time goes on however, Andy begins to develop in ways that no one could have imagined. Written by garykmcd

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23 June 1995 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Peter Outerbridge's character (Dr. Andy Groenig) is engaged to Tammy Isbell's character, Judy Hudson. Five years after this episode aired, Outerbridge and Isbell were married in real life. See more »


The Control Voice: Man has long worked to stave off the disease that can ravage us, but what can happen when the cure grows more fearsome than the disease?
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Referenced in The Outer Limits: The Voice of Reason (1995) See more »

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Great Security Measures!?
6 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is about a man who begins to play God. He actually announces to his critics that he will improve on God's work. Well, we know from Mary Shelley that this is not a good idea. When one starts to get a little smug about his accomplishments, he is going to hit the wall at some point. Richard Thomas is an arrogant nano-scientist who doesn't think he should wait to do the ultimate testing on living creatures. But unlike many of his predecessors, he doesn't inject himself. Instead, the honor goes to his cancer-riddled future brother-in-law. He sneaks into the lab and helps himself to the priceless little buggers and injects them into his bloodstream. How could any lab of this import have so little security. As a matter of fact, as Thomas works in his lab to try to counteract the horrors that are happening to his friend, there never seems to be anyone else around. I know this is a bit nit-picky, but it bothered me from the get go. Anyway, at first the stuff does amazing things, curing and enhancing any defects in the man's body. It even builds gills so he can breathe under water, but when the defense systems begin to be enhanced, he becomes less human and more jellyfish. Thomas, who previously would have done anything to get his way with the scientific community, now is faced with dealing with scientific ethics and his own morality. This is a thought provoking episode on some levels, but there are too many hard-to-swallow events to make it a really good one.

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